Sisterly Love of Cooking

I have 2 sisters. So all in all, there are 3 girls, all sisters. We are different, very different. Well mainly it is just me who is different than the other 2. They run constantly, eat way healthier than I do and just basically think total opposite of me. Maybe it's me who thinks total opposite, yes, I am quite sure that's who it is. ANYWAYS, we do share one thing (yes there are more), but this one thing we all LOVE to do is COOK & BAKE! Now of course who doesn't love to eat?! I am pretty sure its a hobby of mine, or maybe a past time.  

I guess I need to back up a bit, I am Sister #1, then of course you have #2,#3. So let's get confused for a minute. Sisters #1 and #2 have a small kitchen. As of right now, #1 (thats me, has a broken oven). Sister #2 just has a smaller house, but it would totally work. Now sister #3 has HUGE kitchen, well compared to 1 & 2 she does. So, rightly so we travel to her house (out of state) to cook. Thankfully, its not a far drive at all. It gives us time to laugh, be stupid, and talk like sisters should talk. O and we drink a lot of coffee too. Who doesn't love coffee, we don't drink decaf coffee, that would be stupid.  Did I mention I love talking?  So of course it is I who usually talks the most. It's not that others don't like talking, they just usually can't get a word in with me around. 

Ok so let me rewind about a week ago, we traveled, we cooked, we ate. End of story. Well, of course there were in-betweens that I should mention. Sisters 1 & 2 traveled to 3's house. After we got there, we were transported to an authentic Mexican restaurant. It wasn't fancy, you didn't get chips and salsa like most places do, but the food was real and wonderful. Now I have had some authentic Mexican before, at family get to togethers. My mother n law, her sister n law can make it, and well, its devine. So it wasn't my first try at it, but it sure had been a long time. I got the Steak Gordito. I am hoping it is a regular when we visit. I have no clue what the restaurant is called, but it is in Calhoun, Ga. 

After our belly's were full, we made a pit stop at Kroger for our supplies to cook/bake the next day. We don't have Kroger around my area, so this was another treat too. Although, we did just get a Publix and well, it's heaven to me. Grocery stores get us in trouble too, we find way to many things we "need".  Ok groceries bought, back home to 3's house and of course coffee should be made. We drank, we got sleepy, we went to bed. 

IT'S COOKING DAY! We get excited about this, it's fun, it's messy and you get to eat, what more could you ask for?! Coffee first....

We always have a hard time deciding what we want to make when its cooking day. So naturally, we search Pinterest and find about 5 million things we want to make. Now, just because we find them, it is still hard to narrow that down. So we narrowed it down to some cookies my sisters made that were quite lovely coming out of the oven and melt in your mouth. I know one, was a cranberry oatmeal cookie and the other was almost like a snickerdoodle cookie with white chocolate chips in it. I am pretty sure they were both healthy, but actually, they were good too. Tasted great with my coffee when I brought some home with me. Now, on to the "food, food".  Now since I talk alot, of course I need to make the most too. So I did, Jalapeño Popper Pizza (Pinterest), Bruschetta with Goat Cheese toast (made up) and a Brussel Sprout Salad (Pinterest). 

They were all wonderful, but the pizza and bruschetta were the best. The salad was just ok to me. Sisters 2 & 3 said it was good, but I really think they were just being nice to me. My husband loved the pizza when I brought leftovers home, so thats a must to make again!

 

JALAPEÑO POPPER PIZZA

  • 1 Pizza crust (I just bought an already made one)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (half block)
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion
  • 1/2 pound Bacon (cooked)
  • Pickeled Jalapeños (as much heat as you want)
  • Salt to taste

Have your bacon cooking (I used the whole pound and then halfed that). Although, I think I would actually add more for a meatier taste and those of you who only eat veggies could leave it off. The cream cheese is your base, so soften that and add as much or as little as you would like to your pizza crust. I also salted that too. Chop up and add your onion and pickled jalapeños (I left mine whole/sliced). Then add your monterey jack cheese, and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, or until its browning. 

BRUSCHETTA AND GOAT CHEESE TOAST

  • 1-2 pints of Grape Tomatoes (whatever kind you liked)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped/minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Chopped fresh basil (this was hard to measure, I did it to taste)
  • salt to taste
  • French Loaf Bread
  • Goat Cheese

Slice your french bread into slices, add some olive oil to it to brown. Bake for about 10 min at 350 until slightly brown. Cut your tomatoes in half, add your red onion, garlic, salt and Olive oil. Add your basil last, a little a time so you can add more to taste. 

This taste better if made a head of time and let it sit in the fridge to let the flavors mellow. 

Add goat cheese to toast and top with the bruschetta! 

Be sure to make and enjoy, but make it your own too! It does the soul good. 

Ash